Styloglossus Muscle

Author: Dr Peter de Souza
Last modified: 13 December 2020

Styloglossus Muscle

The muscle indicated is the styloglossus muscle       .

The styloglossus muscles is one of three styloid muscles. The three styloid muscles are:

  • Styloglossus
  • Stylohyoid
  • Stylopharyngeus

Origin: Styloid process of temporal bone

Insertion: lateral aspect of tongue

Innervation: Hypoglossal nerve (cranial nerve 12)

Action: Elevation and retraction of the tongue

The styloid muscle is one of several extrinsic muscles of the tongue.

Learn all about the extrinsic muscle of the tongue in this anatomy tutorial.